PCB conducting dope tests on ICC directives


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started conducting dope tests of cricketers who have been showing consistent performances in the ongoing Pakistan Cup.

According to a PCB official, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has directed the cricket board to keep strict check against the potential use of prohibited substances.

Cricketers, namely Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Khurram Manzoor, Sami Aslam, Bilawal Bhatti and Mohammad Hassan are on the lists for the dope tests along with six more Pakistan Cup participants.

“Two players will be tested after every Pakistan Cup fixture,” said the official.

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, in February, was provisionally suspended by the ICC after he failed dope tests conducted by the ICC in December last year after Pakistan ‘hosted England for a full tour in UAE.

His three-month-long suspension ended on March 27.

The leggie is representing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Pakistan Cup, which is being staged in Faisalabad and features five teams from the country’s four provinces and the federal capital.